With Brian E. Kamoie

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Political Science


Deathright offers the first comprehensive survey of right-to-die issues, potential policy resolutions, judicial decisions, and legislative activity throughout the fifty states. Covering everything from pet cemeteries to holistic hospices, the denial of death to death watches, and near-death experiences to the living death of persistent vegetative states, James Hoefler and Brian Kamoie provide a balanced and readable account of the current right-to-die landscape. With a minimum of technical jargon and an emphasis on facts, figures, and engaging case studies--including the stories of Karen Ann Quinlan, Nancy Cruzan, and Jack Kevorkian--the authors clearly demonstrate the emerging challenges raised by our constitutionally protected and statutorily regulated deathright. Appropriate for health-care professionals, public policy students, medical ethicists, and anyone who will confront questions about assisted suicide, euthanasia, informed consent, or medical self-determination, Deathright is a book for our time.

Hoefler_Deathright-Cover.pdf (686 kB)

Hoefler_Title-Page.pdf (1146 kB)
Title Page

Hoefler_Copyright.pdf (1286 kB)

Hoefler_Dedication.pdf (1101 kB)

Hoefler_Table-Of-Contents.pdf (3766 kB)
Table of Contents

Hoefler_Tables-And-Figures.pdf (1241 kB)
Tables and Figures

Hoefler_Preface.pdf (7703 kB)

Hoefler_Acknowledgments.pdf (2754 kB)

Hoefler_Ch1.pdf (29797 kB)
1. Policy Restraint and the Denial of Death

Hoefler_Ch2.pdf (34348 kB)
2. Policy Restraint and the Cultural Context of Death

Hoefler_Ch3.pdf (36892 kB)
3. Policy Activism and Medical Technology: Emergence of the Right-to-Die Scenario

Hoefler_Ch4.pdf (43433 kB)
4. Policy Activism and Medical Professionalism: The Doctor-Patient Disconnection

Hoefler_Ch5.pdf (46922 kB)
5. Social Activism and Health-Care Consumerism

Hoefler_Ch6.pdf (68659 kB)
6. Social Activism and the Happy-Death Movement

Hoefler_Ch7.pdf (30992 kB)
7. Policy Mediation in the State Courts: Consensus on the Cutting Edge

Hoefler_Ch8.pdf (55253 kB)
8. Policy Mediation and the State Legislatures: Common Ground, Divergence, and Liberal Trends

Hoefler_Ch9.pdf (12267 kB)
9. Policy Activism, Restraint, Mediation, and the Right to Die

Hoefler_Notes.pdf (33152 kB)

Hoefler_References.pdf (29071 kB)

Hoefler_About-Book-and-Authors.pdf (1388 kB)
About the Book and Authors

Hoefler_Index.pdf (24894 kB)